Fraudulent emails posing as the police have been circulating for the last several months. Senders impersonate various police authorities (fedpol, Europol, Interpol) as well as individuals (Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter, fedpol Director Nicolette della Valle). The most important information regarding this situation can be found here.
Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter and fedpol Director Nicoletta della Valle are impersonated most frequently in these fraudulent emails. However, the names of the fedpol directorate and management have been used as well: Eva Wildi-Cortés, René Bühler, Yanis Callandret, Stéphane Theimer, Emre Ertan, Simon Spoerri and Christine Caron.
Senders frequently use a deceptive Gmail address, for example
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In most of these emails, the sender threatens to initiate criminal proceedings against the recipient for visiting websites containing child pornography. The senders demand to be contacted and usually send Word documents or PDFs as attachments.
What to do:
- Do not open the attachments.
- Do not reply to the email.
- Report the email to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
- To prevent further emails, you can mark the sender as spam and block it.
General information on cyberthreats is also available on the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC website.
Last modification 21.06.2022